The Delta Wing project, a largely secret program being organized by several IndyCar team owners, continues to throw out tantalizing hints as to what its proposal for a new Indy car design, scheduled to race by 2012, will look like. Confidentiality agreements have prevented anyone who has seen the design from speaking out for the record, but Curt Cavin reports in The Indianapolis Star today that those who have seen the design produced by former Ganassi Racing engineer Ben Bowlby say it resembles Craig Breedlove's 1963 "Spirit of America" machine that pursued the Land Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
The Delta Wing project, which has been designed around a four-cylinder turbo engine but could also accommodate a six-cylinder powerplant, is being touted as less expensive than the current Dallara, and would be capable of being adjusted by teams. It would be constructed in Central Indiana using parts from area suppliers. However, Cavin reports that the design still has not moved beyond the clay mock-up stage, and that a prototype isn't expected to be built until late next summer at the earliest.